When Jaime Hecht, Tyler Kolden and Pedro Borges laid the cornerstone of Dynacloud five years ago, they decided to break new ground in intelligent optimization and control for pumping units in the oil and gas industry. The goal was to build a simpler and more powerful rod pump control infrastructure with autonomous optimization capabilities in a highly cost-effective manner. As an industrial internet of things (IIoT) company, Dynacloud provides oil and gas companies with solutions integrating edge devices, cloud, and artificial intelligence (AI), and offers customized service and support to gather data, monitor equipment, and reduce costs. “We know that a rod pump controller is an investment that pays for itself and multiplies over time. But at Dynacloud, we focus on enhancing the possibilities and the functionality of traditional rod pump control infrastructures with a simple IIoT device that we manufacture,” says Jaime Hecht, CEO and Co-Founder of Dynacloud.

Traditional methods of rod pump control automation infrastructure involve sending data through a SCADA system network and retrieving it from a third-party host system. However, this process is subject to three limitations. To begin with, manually adjusting the setpoints of the rod pump controller (RPC) is extremely dangerous for companies managing thousands of horizontal wells that produce at higher ratios of Gas volume to Oil volume (GOR). Even one small displacement of a setpoint on an RPC can have a detrimental effect on the overall system efficiency. Secondly, most traditional RPCs require a third-party host system to interact with all the pump jacks remotely. This not only complicates infrastructure communications but also affects the resolution of the data that can be gathered through the third-party host. Finally, the method to process the data captured by the sensors locally is limited by the processing power of the RPC. As such, oil and gas companies realize the importance of transforming the traditional intermittent network into a continuous hybrid solution with a holistic data-gathering infrastructure. “This is where we excel by deploying a small IIoT device RP20 that is capable of gathering the data from the source. We help oil and gas companies analyze the data and glean real-time insights into well operations,” comments Hecht.

But at Dynacloud, we focus on enhancing the possibilities and the functionality of traditional rod pump control infrastructures with a simple IIoT device that we manufacture

RP20—the New Brain of an Oil and Gas Pumping Unit
Dynacloud offers its simple yet incredibly powerful hybrid solution the RP20 a small device that collects pumping unit data and sends it to the company’s software, Dynacloud, in real-time. The RP20 is seamlessly installed on the pumpjack, while the RPC continues to listen to its sensors like it traditionally does. With the help of RP20, Dynacloud gathers the data directly from sensors, shares it with traditional RPCs in all locations instantaneously, and processes it in the cloud with higher computational power.

This opens doors for machine learning, computer vision, and autonomous optimization, which can all be downlinked to thousands of wells in real time. When companies set their RPC in the host mode, it listens to commands from Dynacloud through the RP20, which autonomously optimizes the pumping unit.
As Dynacloud is natively a cloud-based platform, customers can obtain well data in truly real-time via a web browser or any mobile device. Adding to the beauty of Dynacloud is its potential to ensure near zero-latency right from the output from the sensor through the communication infrastructure into the cloud, processing it, and ultimately displaying it to the user. Everybody within an oil and gas organization can have real-time access to the same data without any confusion. The platform presents clean and professional data in a crystal-clear format and a user-friendly manner. Customers can manage thousands of wells with Dynacloud’s AI-driven autonomous optimization capability, eliminating the need for an operator to click well by well and analyze all the necessary parameters manually.
Dynacloud provides AI functionalities at several levels from down-hole conditions, holistic control to alarming capabilities. Dynacloud can integrate with process-oriented platforms on the market through API to notify customers of pump issues, leveraging its alarming capability. “Through machine learning, we send alarms only when there is a reason to raise the flag and communicate the issue with command centers via emails, SMS, and other means,” informs Hecht. Dynacloud also integrates with leading communication applications like Slack, whereby it creates private Slack channels for companies to bring in field staff and engineers so that they can collaborate efficiently.

With a proven track record, Dynacloud has delivered incredibly high ROIs in terms of energy and cost efficiency to almost every company it has worked with. The company is focusing on rolling out collaborative robotic technology applications for the oil and gas industry to capture data from multiple locations and different types of sensors simultaneously. With this capability, customers can look at a group of wells as an entity. “We are aggressively growing and we think outside the box. It might sound like science fiction, but we are truly converting wells into a community of robots working together to improve operations. With Dynacloud, wells are now fully aware of their operational environment,” shares Hecht But at Dynacloud, we focus on enhancing the possibilities and the functionality of traditional rod pump control infrastructures with a simple IIoT device that we manufacture